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Old 09-11-2014, 07:05 AM   #1
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Hi,

A newbie here. My wife and I are Brits that have been in the USA for 8 years now and we have a 3 year old Husky who keeps us on our toes! We have always wanted an Airstream and we are now seriously looking with the goal of being broken in and on the road for the spring!

The top of our list is a 2015 Flying Cloud 25RB with solar panels. These forums have been an excellent resource for us the last couple of months and have resulted in us feeling rarely well prepared for our up coming negotiations! Trying really hard not to be tempted by a 2014 Serenity 25 RB - ducted AC is the deal maker for me....but I could be swayed by a lightly used Eddie Bauer 25!

Ultimately our goal is to part time in the trailer as I work from home and the wife is a part time PT. Our goal is to spend summers on the Pacific coast and winters in the mountains.
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:36 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums, and good luck in your search!
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:53 AM   #3
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Welcome to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, the last best place in America.

Summers on the Coast and winters in the mountains will assure you of year-round cold weather. I don't know if you intend to spend that time in your AS, but you will have some challenges in the mountains in the winter as it gets cold here. Airstreams are pretty much three season trailers and it can be a challenge to live in them in sub-freezing temperatures. It's not typical, but last year we had -20 degrees here in Bend.

I know others have made it work - there's a thread on here about some brave Streamers who made it through the winter at the Grand Canyon. But if I intended to camp in wintry conditions I would buy a four season trailer like an Artic Fox.

Great place to live though. Oregon has great people, tremendous geographic diversity, some of the best state parks in the country, and almost infinite camping opportunties (there are 5800+ campgrounds in Oregon). It wouldn't occur to us to stay in a commercial park here.

My wife and I are volunteering as Lighthouse Hosts at Heceta Head in August and Cape Meares in October. Stop by and say hello.

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Old 09-11-2014, 09:24 AM   #4
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Welcome. I don't believe Brits are overly concerned about wet and cold climates. I'm not totally knowledgeable but my parents were Brits (Cornwall) so I've heard much of what they grew up with. No amount of weather discomforts deterred their pride of their homeland. I have visited where they grew up and I can also understand. Just a beautiful land......and you will love Oregon. My wife and I eagerly await meeting you soon.

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Old 09-11-2014, 11:21 AM   #6
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Trying really hard not to be tempted by a 2014 Serenity 25 RB - ducted AC is the deal maker for me....but I could be swayed by a lightly used Eddie Bauer 25!

Ultimately our goal is to part time in the trailer as I work from home and the wife is a part time PT. Our goal is to spend summers on the Pacific coast and winters in the mountains.
Those are hard to find ... the one we traded in lasted less than two weeks before it was sold ! Welcome to the forum.
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:41 PM   #7
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Thanks for the warm welcome! I am aware of the 3 season nature of the AS, but that is fine with me and the Husky - just don't let the wife know!

Owning an AS has been a life long dream for me. I have finally warn the wife down!

I hate the heat. If it gets above 80 I get pretty grumpy...

As when I make progress I will post. As I learn and can help others - I will post! Hopefully we can get an AS by Christmas, but we are in no rush....
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Old 09-11-2014, 05:09 PM   #8
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Welcome to the NW and the Portland area in particular. We are your neighbors just to the north in Vancouver, WA (AKA Vancouver USA).

We bought our 2007 Classic in January from Airstream NW. They are a great company. I figure we've spent at least 8 weeks in the AS since we bought it - traveled almost 4,000 miles so far. It's been awesome!

Consider joining The Oregon unit of the WBCCI. They have regular rallies in the area and a great bunch of folks.

Hopefully we'll meet down the road someday.

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Old 09-17-2014, 01:45 PM   #9
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So, it is official. We closed on our 2015 Flying Cloud 25ft rear bedroom. We collect it on Friday.

Suddenly feeling totally overwhelm and excited at the same time! We have so much to prep before we can really use it!

Just like to thank everybody on these forums, the info I have garnered from this resource has been the single most important factor for going ahead with this decision!
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:03 PM   #10
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I felt the same way a year and a half ago. Completely new to RVing I felt a little overwhelmed by the vertical learning curve ahead of me. After countless hours reading here to build my book learning, I applied it to 5,000 miles and 120 nights of touring. My experience is that it does take some real effort to do things smoothly, and that travel trailers require more knowledge and skill than motor homes, but that you will become comfortable pretty quickly. Read and do, read and do, read and do.

Our Airstream has opened a fantastic new chapter in our lives.

Cheers,
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:14 PM   #11
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John - Bend is one of the placed we plan to head to regularly! nice easy trip from here in Portland

We are going to start of really simple and local. Lots of short trips to an RV park on Mount Hood while the fall weather is nice and gradually build up for longer trips and eventual boon docking

This is definitely something that is a long term plan for us, take our time and enjoy the learning curve!
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:02 PM   #12
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We are now officially "Airstreamers"!!!!!!!!

We collected it on Friday PM and it is resting nicely behind the driveway gate. Which is a miracle. turns out the 8ft5.5inches is probably a little kind, the aperture of my gate is over 9ft and we had issues.....

First trip will be mid October for a local test run
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:29 PM   #14
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Pics!!! let's see if this works....
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